Peer Support 101 Section 4
Quality Indicators of Peer Support
- Peer Support is defined as different from both professional clinical services and sponsorship or mentorship in other support groups
- Peer Support services should be mutually voluntary and peer lead.
- Peer Support programs should follow a well-defined model of outreach, engagement, advocacy, recovery support, and personal wellness.
- Programs should invest in the development of Peer Support Specialists own personal leadership skills.
- Peer Support Programs should reflect recovery-oriented values.
- Self-care is a top priority for Peer Support programs, with a well-defined process for supporting Peer Support Specialists during times of relapse.
- Peer Support Specialists are encouraged to connect participants to any service that will promote their recovery regardless of the services’ location or type.
- Peer Support Specialists must have mutual, collaborative relationships with organization’s participants AND administration.
- Peer Support programs should have a clear plan of sustainability.
- The governing body of each agency must have fiscal and risk management policies in place to protect the continuation of services.